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The Transfer Of Prisoners Act, 1950

The Transfer Of Prisoners Act, 1950

The Transfer Of Prisoners Act, 1950

[ACT No. XXIX OF 1950] 1

[12th April, 1950]

An Act to provide for the removal from one State to another of persons confined in a prison

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows: –

1. This Act, as in force in the territories to which it generally extends, is extended to and shall be in force in, the Kohim district and the Mokokchung district-See the Kohim and Mokokchung Districts (Transfer of Prisoners) Regulation, 1961 (7 of 1961), sec. 3 (16-8-1961).

The Act now extends to the State of Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of Act 25 of 1968. (w.e.f. 15-08-1968 ).

It has been extended to the Union Terriory of Pondicherry by Act 26 of 1966, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 1-03-1969 ). It has also been extended to the Union Territory of Goa , Daman and Diu by G.S.R. 430, published in Gazette of India . Pt. II, Sec. 3 (i), p. 461; and to the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regn. 6 of 1913.

It has been extended to Sikkim-See S.O. 208 (E)/1975-Gazette of India , Extra., Pt. II, Sec. 3(ii), p. 1218.

2. Definitions.

In this Act, –


(a) “Court” includes any officer lawfully exercising civil, criminal or revenue jurisdiction ;

1[(b) “Government or “State Government”, in relation to a Union territory means the administrator thereof;]

(c) “Prison” includes any place which has been declared by State Government, by general or special order, to be a subsidiary jail.

1. Subs. by the A.O. (No.3) 1956, for clause (b) (w.e.f. 1-11-1956 ). 3. Removal of prisoners from one State of another.

(1) Where any person is confined in a prison in a State, –

(a) Under sentence of death, or

(b) Under, or in lieu of, a sentence of imprisonment or transportation, or

(c) In default of payment of a fine, or

(d) In default of giving security for keeping the peace or for maintaining good behaviour;

The Government of that State may, with the consent of the Government of any other State, by order, provide for the removal of the prisoner from that prison to any prison in the other State.

(2) The officer in charge of the prison to which any person is removed under sub-section (1) shall receive and detain him, so far as may be, according to the exigency of any writ, warrant or order of the court by which such person has been committed, or until such person is discharged or removed in due course of law.

4. Amendment of section 29, Act III of 1900.

[Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 of 1957), sec. 2 and Sch. I (w.e.f. 17-09-1957).]

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